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KY HIGHER ED INSTITUTIONS TO PROVIDE VIRTUAL TRANSFER FAIR

Henderson Community College students who wish to transfer their credits or associate degree to a four-year institution will have the opportunity to connect with those institutions, ask questions and better prepare for their future during a Transfer Madness fair. Transfer Madness will be Thursday, March 26 from 1 p.m. 7 p.m. CDT.

Transfer Madness is the only online, statewide transfer fair where students can chat online with transfer advisors, search for scholarships, download materials and get questions answered at a time that suits their family and work schedules. Application fees will be waived for those who visit a booth during Transfer Madness.

The event is being sponsored by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the Council on Postsecondary Education. This year 22 Kentucky four-year institutions are participating in addition to KCTCS.

Locally, HCC students and staff are invited to the 2nd floor of the Hartfield Library from 1 p.m. 7 p.m. CDT to take part in the event. Computers will be available for students to use to chat with representatives from our partner colleges. Students can also talk to local HCC advisors, play some games, have snacks and register for prizes that will be given away each hour.

Dr. Kris Williams, HCC President and CEO encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity. I am excited about Transfer Madness and hope all our HCC students will check out their transfer options. One winning play is to bring an HCC degree to Murray State University, with classes here on our HCC campus. Of course, people wondering about KCTCS and universities and transfer between the two can also sign up and participate. This is a great way to view options always remembering that HCC is an excellent way to begin your higher education!

Murray State University is one of HCC s most active transfer partners. "HCC transfers to MSU have historically proven to score high GPAs while attending MSU. We at MSU/Henderson and main campus welcome students with the quality of study offered to them by HCC. You can still start at HCC and finish your bachelor s degree in Henderson for less than $24,000 tuition in four years. Quality--price convenience," commented MSU Regional Campus Director, Mike Freels.

Transfer Madness supports the Council s Stronger by Degrees strategic plan to improve the quality of Kentucky s workforce by increasing the number of students who transfer from KCTCS colleges to four-year institutions. One of the goals of House Bill 160 (2010) is to eliminate the barriers students encounter when trying to transfer to a four-year institution, and one of the barriers is a lack of information and engagement between students and transferring institutions.

Nicholas Hart is a determined student who, at one time, was hesitant about attending college. Nicholas says I came to HCC in the fall of 2012 and was a little nervous about the new experience. I was home schooled my whole life so college was a newer experience for me than for most." His 4.0 GPA proves that Nicholas made the right choice to get his start at HCC. This spring he will graduate with an associate in science degree and plans to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a degree in engineering.

In addition to the online fair, a KCTCS Transfer Madness Twitter Game is underway. The game is played in a typical bracket style by paring up the 16 KCTCS colleges against each other for a Sweet 16 tweet-off. The colleges are encouraging their students to tweet about where they plan on transferring to and include #kytransfermadness. The Sweet 16 round will run from Monday, March 16 Thursday, March 19. The following rounds will be played the following week leading up to the championships on Wednesday, March 25. For official game instructions visit: http://transfermadness.org/twitter-game/

To register and to view a list of participating Transfer Madness colleges, universities and education partners, visit www.transfermadness.org. Follow us on Twitter at #KYtransfermadness.